Lot of mixed emotions in Philly on Monday. The Eagles ended an agonizing losing streak with an exciting (if you can look at one play in a vacuum) last second win. I think most fans were happy to see an end to the losing streak, but others lament lost draft position and a possible Andy Reid rally. But, what struck me about the game was how happy Andy Reid was after that final play. I don’t know if I ever remember seeing so much joy on the field from the large fella. I think it shows a couple of things. First, this year has probably been harder on the coach than the fans, despite their constant laments. And, it’s even more clear now that Reid needs a break. If you have this kind of outburst over what amounts to a meaningless win then maybe you shouldn’t even be in the game. This would be like someone on the PGA Tour celebrating on the range for getting a SW airborne. Anyway, the standings…
NFL Pick ‘Em Standings:
- JCK, 40-29-1
- Big Dub, 39-29-2
- DC, 39-30-1
- Nichols, 39-31
- Kraft, 36-33-1
- Grossy, 32-35-3
The “Dodgers Payroll,” Pick of the Week: Big Dub/Nichols (Seattle -10)
I’ve proven this year that I don’t really know much, but I’m pretty sure when you cover a game by 48 points that qualifies as a solid pick. The Cards have lost 9 in a row, but had won 2 of 3 against the spread prior to Sunday. What will the oddsmakers do with the Cardinals for the rest of the season? This game was an intersection of Arizona being on a historically bad run offensively, and Seattle being at home where they play like the best team in the NFC. The Seahawks are 6-0 overall and 6-0 ATS at home. That’s a pretty bankable stat. Two remaining home games against St. Louis and San Francisco–should we all go there? Anyway, not sure how four of us didn’t have this one, but nice effort boys. Special tie-breaking acknowledgment for Dub’s 5-0.
The “Ben Revere’s Arm,” Awful Pick of the Week: Kraft (KC +6.5)
I really enjoyed Kraft’s picks this week, but we all know picking Chad Henne gives you immunity for this prize and KC’s “near miss,” aka, 3TDs short of the cover seemed to be the next most glaring thing on the board. There was some justification, who is Cleveland to be giving 6 points to anyone, but then again if anyone is going to get blown out in Cleveland–it’s certainly the Chiefs. Romeo Crennel vs. Pat Shurmur is like Dwight Howard having a free throw contest with Brian Okam. A game like makes me wonder, should Vegas even put point spreads on games like this? Wouldn’t it be good PR for them to say, “You know what? NO. I’m not going to let you do it.”
The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary Top-10
1. New England, 10-3. Is there a team in the AFC with enough defense to make the Pats sweat? It certainly isn’t Houston.
2. Denver, 10-3. Home field only quest left for Denver after 8 straight wins.
3. Atlanta, 11-2. You can explain away Sunday with some division road game drivel.
4. New York Giants, 8-5. Woke up again for a big time opponent/QB.
5. San Francisco, 9-3-1. I’m not sure Smith or Kaepernick is good enough to finish the job this season.
6. Houston, 11-2. That was Houston’s biggest regular season game in recent memory. Total embarrassment.
7. Green Bay, 9-4. Packers are winning sloppy, which puts them in elite company in the NFL.
8. Indianapolis, 9-4. The Colts aren’t good. Not really. But, they’ve won 9 games.
9. Baltimore, 9-4. Two straight losses. Could lose out.
10. Seattle, 8-5. Russell Wilson reminds me of Alex Smith, so he’ll probably get benched next year.
3-PT D.A. of the Week: Helter Skelton.
Check out the D.A. tab to get a look at the final D.A. Standings, the semi-final matchups, and a quick recap of exactly how embarrassing the Cardinals are in every facet of the game.